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Verbal warnings not enough to prevent fall through roof

22nd November 2013 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

Both a construction company and its managing director have been fined after an employee suffered a four metre fall through a roof, injuring himself.

The employee was carrying a solar panel on top of a fragile barn roof. He fell straight through the roof onto a concrete floor below.

The company, D & R Maintenance Solutions Ltd of Monmouth, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. It was fined £13,000 and ordered to pay £3,357 costs.

John Dunmore, D & R Maintenance Solutions’ managing director, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £3,357 costs.

The court found that both the company and Mr Dunmore were aware of the fragile nature of the roof.

Verbal warnings had been given, but no safety signs were put up and no measures were taken to protect employees from falls.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801663952-ADNFCR


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